Understanding the Large Hadron Collider (through rap)

May 5, 2009

If you’d like to understand just what exactly those CERN physicists are planning with the Large Hadron Collider but are having trouble making sense of it, this wonderful 5 minute Large Hadron Rap by Alpinekat will explain it to you with a funky beat. Long live geek rap!

I came across this in the comments of a post on Bad Astronomy about a great segment on the Daily Show about the LHC and the nutjob who is claiming it could cause a black hole (the man actually claims there is a 50/50 chance of a black hole forming because it will either happen or it won’t).

What a fun weekend

May 5, 2009

I have had a really awesome fun weekend.
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Creationism Vs Evolution in the US

March 6, 2008

I’ve just watched a really fantastic documentary called Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial about a court case in the US where a bunch of parents took their local school board to court for trying to force the intelligent design theory to be taught in biology classes. Luckily, the parents won. There were two points they had to prove: 1. intelligent design is not a scientific theory; and 2. the school board were motivated by religion or trying to promote religion. The judge found both of these to be the case. The program (which can be easily watched off the PBS website) covers the trial and the scientific theories that are covered and explained in the trial. It was really interesting to hear about Darwin‘s theory of evolution and its position in modern-day science, its attack from religious fundamentalists in the US and the history of the teaching of evolution in the US.

I heard about this show from the podcast The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe (currently my favourite podcast).

Fantasy films and sci-fi TV and fantasy and sci-fi books.

October 15, 2007

Always a sucker for a bargain, I just bought a 3-film DVD set from Amazon of the Labyrinth, the Dark Crystal and Mirrormask. It was only £4.97 and about £1.30 for postage. The Dark Crystal and the Labyrinth are legendary 1980s fantasy films with Jim Henson creations. And Mirrormask was written by my favourite author Neil Gaiman, and Dave McKean, who he regularly collaborates with.
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More Gilbert and George

May 9, 2007

Planed by Gilbert and George
Last night Paul and I watched a BBC episode of Imagine about Gilbert and George. It was quite interesting. And Gilbert and George had done an artwork especially for the BBC that you can download from the show’s website but only until 48 hours after the television show ended (last night at 11.30, greenwich mean time). You can download and print out 9 pages and then assemble them to look like the above picture.

reactionary moralising?

May 3, 2007

This morning I read on the (Australian) Channel Nine news website that Australian Big Brother were going to have an exercise where the participants had to look after toy dolls as if they were real babies. The television program is not going to have the exercise after one of the participants became upset and said she suffered a miscarriage 18 months ago (Big Brother’s toy babies upsets Democrats).

According to Channel Nine, the Australian Democrats want the government to take action against Network Ten (the makers of Australian Big Brother).
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Cool architecture

April 18, 2007

Paul and I have recently watched a couple of interesting architecture programs. One was about the Casa Mila by Antoni Gaudi and the second was about the Johnson Wax Headquarters by Frank Lloyd Wright. Paul is really interested in Architecture and I think I could be too. I quite like looking at interesting buildings and Paul has some great plans for a house he would like to build one day. I’m excited about being involved in that process.